Tunisian prosecutor demands death penalty for Ben Ali

By REUTERS
May 24, 2012 01:07

 
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TUNIS - A Tunisian military prosecutor demanded on Wednesday that the death penalty be imposed in absentia on ousted president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali over his alleged role in the deaths of protesters in the towns where the Arab Spring began.

Ben Ali, who fled to Saudi Arabia as protests swept Tunisa on Jan. 14, 2011, has already been sentenced to decades in jail on charges ranging from corruption to torture.

He has not so far been convicted of any charges that carry the death penalty, which is rarely carried out in the North African country.

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